Energy: Airborne-Wind-Turbine Essay
Recently the news has generated buzz about the airborne wind turbine market after they put the spotlight on Altaeros energies, Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT). While it may not be the first airborne turbine ever created like most videos say, it does seem to be the most promising. Promising because the platform used for the turbine has proved its aerodynamic ability before the turbine was added. . “The BAT lifting platform is adapted from tethered aerostats, which have reliably lifted heavy communications and monitoring equipment high into the air for decades”(2). As you can see in figure 1, the BAT may function under the same principles as an aerostats but it has an entirely different look.
The Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is comprised of the following major components. These are the shell, turbine, tethers, and the ground station. Each part performs a critical role in the success of the entire system. The shell is made from lightweight, high performance industrial material and filled with helium. The shell is responsible for lifting the turbine off the ground and keeping it stabilized while producing energy in the air. The turbine, which is